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Boston New Music Festival 2019

Boston's leading new music ensembles present the finest in new music with three weeks of coordinated concerts across the metro area


Founded in 2016 and organized annually by Juventas  New Music Ensemble, the Boston New Music Festival (BNMF) showcases Boston’s new music community through performances, events, and symposia. The Greater Boston Area is home to 40+ ensembles, and the festival celebrates the region’s collective talent and highlights Boston as one of the most active hubs of contemporary music in North America. The BNMF also serves as a vital gateway for audiences to immerse themselves in today’s most innovative contemporary classical music while connecting them to new ensembles and performers–both of which help strengthen the region’s music community. Additionally, the BNMF advances Juventas’ mission of performing the works of emerging composers and promoting new music as repertoire.

The BNMF has become a cornerstone of Juventas’ annual programming. When then Artistic Director Lidiya Yankovskaya founded the festival, she envisioned a vibrant gathering that would showcase the works of emerging composers and highlight the talent of the region’s new music ensembles. Since the inaugural festival in 2016, the BNMF has grown from a one-night event with a handful of ensembles to a three-week festival with 14 participating organizations. The 2018 festival gave Boston audiences the opportunity to hear music from over 50 composers from around the world, and helped cultivate national and international recognition for the city as a hub of musical innovation. Last year’s lineup featured the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP), Boston Musica Viva, Boston Opera Collaborative, Radius Ensemble, Transient Canvas, Boston Conservatory Contemporary Performance Program, Boston New Music Initiative, Sound Icon, New Gallery Concert Series, Black Sheep Contemporary Ensemble, Kadence Arts, Semiosis Quartet, Area 9 Quartet, and Juventas. Since its launch in 2016, the festival has fostered audience growth across ensembles, helped forge new collaborations, and created a shared understanding that the festival is greater than the sum of its parts.

The 2018 BNMF  also marked the beginning of a new festival feature: the Keynote Concert (Keynote). The Keynote was a one-night event that featured preview performances by participating ensembles to provide audiences with the opportunity to hear the full range of festival offerings in a single concert.

2018 also marked the launch of our new festival pass, which allowed access to all festival events for a single flat fee. This model helps encourage community-building and collaboration between ensembles’ leadership and musicians, and encourages audience members to explore ensembles they are not already familiar with. The festival pass represents a milestone in the BNMF’s evolution, and brings us closer to our vision of a city-wide annual celebration that supports ensembles, musicians, composers, and audiences while shining a spotlight on Boston’s new music pioneers.

The Boston New Music Festival strengthens Boston’s vibrant musical ecosystem and fosters the city’s reputation as the epicenter of new music. BNMF showcases the brightest emerging composers of our time as well as the incredible music community in Boston that is bringing contemporary classical music to life.

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Aurora by Ari Sussman
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Recorded Live November 3, 2018 in the 2018 Boston New Music Festival

Child Alice by David Del Tredici
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Lucy by Elena Ruehr
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Performed by Radius Ensemble
November 18, 2017
Pickman Hall, Longy School of Music of Bard College
Cambridge, MA

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Juventas New Music Ensemble voices concert music of the present and future, nurturing and showcasing today’s most brilliant emerging composers. Emerging composers cannot build their craft and gain recognition without opportunity. ​Boston-based Juventas New Music works on a national and international scale, serving as an incubator for promising musical pioneers by giving them an opportunity to…

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